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New/Revised Project Development

All research sponsored or conducted by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which includes all the CAES Research Projects, is required to be documented in the new NIFA Reporting System (NRS). This data is submitted and collected on the new portal –

Following are the forms  required for submitting a new or revised project proposal.

  1. Project Outline (Project Proposal Narrative in Word format) – College of Agricultural Sciences (view instructions) / All other colleges – email to Jan in Word or WordPerfect format.  (NOTE:  McIntire-Stennis projects must include the budget and project timeline in the Project Outline.)
  2. Peer Review FormView Peer Review Policies and Guidelines
  3. Project Initiation – complete on the NEW NIFA Reporting Portal — click on the LAUNCH button.
    The application requires you to log in to USDA eAuthentication.  Register with your * email address.
  4. If your research involves human subjects, animals, or biohazardous agents / recombinant DNA, please contact the Research Integrity and Compliance Review Office to complete appropriate forms.

Signatures. When all the above NIFA forms are complete, notify Jan via e-mail at She will e-mail you the “final” copies of the forms to print out, and get required signatures on.  Send the signed forms via Campus Mail – Campus Delivery 3001.

Due Dates:

  • The Forms and project outline are due  to the CAES Director’s office by March 1st.
  • For Multi-State projects, PIs will be contacted for the forms – usually in August.
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